Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is a lesson in what hard work and believing in one self can accomplish. I recall the group interview that was done with Griffin last summer at the Gatorade awards where he recalled his first exeperience ever playing football.
“I didn’t play little league football or pee-wee football.” Griffin said. “So the first time that I ever played football was in 7th grade, and it was the summer before I had run track as a kid. So, I come to the football offices, and they were like what do you want to play? I was like I want to play quarterback. And they were like, ‘No, we want you to play receiver.’ Because they had seen me run, and I’m like, nah I want to play quarterback. And then, our first game we won 60 to 6. That was my first football experience, and I’ll never forget it.”
Thank goodness even a young Robert Griffin III believed in his talent enough to ignore his coaches’ wishes. Unbelieveably, in high school Griffin was not even ranked in the top 100 players in the country, and only ranked No. 42 in Texas according to Rivals. He was more known for his track and field exploits and even won Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year in high school.
Griffin, the No. 2 pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, has gone on this year to rank second in the league in passer rating, set the NFL rookie record for rushing yards by a QB, and has the Redskins relevant for the first December in recent memory. They play for the NFC East title tonight against the Dallas Cowboys.
But in 2008 when Griffin was a senior at Copperas Cove (Texas), and nobody saw him coming except for his high school coach.
“He was always working,” said Copperas Cove coach Jack Welch. “I don’t think he really knew how good he really could be. He pushed himself.”
Welch also claims that Griffin still has not even reached the peak of his abilities yet.
“His drive is what’s pushing him to the top,” Welch said. “I’ve been telling people all along, ‘Where’s the limit?’ You haven’t seen the greatest of him yet.”
Well those abilities will be on display on prime-time TV tonight as Griffin tries to bring home the Redskins first NFC East title since 1999. It will take Griffin’s greatest to get there though.